Tennis elbow is a fairly common musculoskeletal condition which most commonly affects those aged 40-60. It’s estimated that at least one in three people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Tennis elbow is caused by overusing the forearm muscles, which leads to tearing and inflammation of the elbow tendons, causing pain in the arm. If you have suffered this type of injury, you’ll almost certainly need to stop doing the activity which has caused the injury – in most cases this will mean taking time off work, to rest your arm.
It’s hard to say exactly what the tennis elbow claim value could be, but you could find you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim, if you have suffered this type of injury and somebody else is to blame.
Symptoms of tennis elbow
Tennis elbow symptoms generally include:
- Pain when bending or lifting your arm
- Pain when gripping small objects
- Pain when twisting your forearm – for example when opening a jar
This type of injury is self-limiting, which means it will eventually get better, usually without the need for treatment. With that said, there are a number of things you can do to ease the pain and aid recovery, such as using a cold compress on the area for pain, resting your arm and taking painkillers. In some cases, massage and physiotherapy may be needed. Most people recover within a year of being injured.
Finding out your tennis elbow claim value could help you decide whether or not to go ahead with a personal injury claim. You can head for Accident Advice Helpline’s website where you can take our 30-second test, to see how much compensation you could be entitled to.
How does tennis elbow happen?
As we mentioned earlier, tennis elbow is the result of overusing your forearm muscles, and this could be caused by repetitive actions at work. It’s a fairly common injury in physical jobs, for example if you work as a labourer or decorator, you could be at risk. But if you are employed in a repetitive role, for example in a factory, then you could also be at risk of this type of injury, so it is important to take regular breaks. Tennis elbow claim value can depend on the amount of time you need to rest your arm for – for example you may need to take several months off work, which can affect your earnings.
Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers will take this into account when you get in touch with us to make a personal injury claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about the claims process and get the ball rolling on your claim.
Date Published: 6th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell